Alleged driver charged with first-degree murder in death of 10-year-old girl in Logan Square

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CHICAGO — A 19-year-old Streamwood man is facing one count of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted murder in a shooting that left a 10-year-old girl dead in Logan Square earlier this summer, police announced Wednesday.

On June 27, 10-year-old Lena Nunez was visiting her grandmother in Logan Square when a bullet came through a window of the second-floor apartment and struck the girl in the head, killing her.

According to police, a gunman fired from nearly a block away towards a garage where Lena’s father and seven other men were gathered on the 3500 block of west Dickens Avenue.

“They’re just spraying bullets everywhere,” CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

Weeks after officers asked for the community’s help in identifying suspects in the shooting, the Chicago Police Department announced charges against 19-year-old Christopher Lara, the alleged getaway driver in the shooting. 

19-year-old Christopher Lara is charged with first-degree murder in the June killing of 10-year-old Lena Nunez in Logan Square

Police said community members came forward with a vehicle description and video from the area, helping to lead to Lara’s arrest. Deenihan said the video shows a car circling slowly, “obviously out there looking for someone to shoot.” 

“It was technology and all the technology tool sets that the detectives now that was able to track the car and eventually put this defendant as the driver of the vehicle when this murder occurred,” Deenihan said.

The search for the gunman continues in one of several cases in which children have been killed in shootings this summer.

Family friend Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez helped organize a vigil for Lena, and continues to update the community on the case. He said he believes even though Lara is not talking now, he will.

“He’s only 19 years old and he’s going to be charged with first degree murder, come on, you’re going to give the person up, you can’t be that stupid,” Gonzalez Rodriguez said.

Lara is scheduled to be in bond court Thursday.

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